The returning officer has been asked to investigate into the matter. He (Atiqul) will be warned if the law is being violated
Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam ordered an inquiry into the legality of the election camps of Awami League's mayoral contender Atiqul Islam as he allegedly 'violated the rules of conduct' in the upcoming polls of Dhaka North City Corporation.
Responding to reporters at the Election Commission (EC) secretariat at Agargaon on Sunday, he said: "The returning officer has been asked to investigate into the matter. He (Atiqul) will be warned if the law is being violated.”
According to the election law, mayoral candidates contesting in the Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporation polls have until January 9 to withdraw their candidacy.
No candidate will be able to carry out the election campaign till he/she gets the symbol. Ministers, including members of parliament, are not to campaign for any candidate in the local government elections.
Meanwhile, an election camp of ruling party candidate Atiqul Islam was inaugurated at Uttara on Sunday. Local MP and also the Presidium member of Awami League, Advocate Sahara Khatun inaugurated the campsite.
Responding to a question, Returning officer of DNCC Abul Kashem told reporters on Sunday that the allegations will be investigated.
An accusation was brought against Sahara Khatun after she inaugurated a campaign office of DNCC mayoral candidate Atiqul Islam at Uttara on Sunday.
According to electoral code of conduct, persons who enjoy government facilities or hold a government job will not be able to participate in the election campaign.
Responding to a question whether Sahara Khatun did in fact violate the electoral code, the returning officer said: "We will talk to you (journalists) after discussing the matter with the executive magistrate and an assistant returning officer of the city."
If anyone is found at fault, the election commission will take action as per rules, he said.
According to the commission’s rules, the candidates can start campaign for the DNCC elections from January 10, he said.
Atiqul Islam has just opened the election camp and he did not start campaigning yet, Abul Kashem said.